Friday, January 13, 2017

Featured Illustrator Brianne Farley


This questionnaire goes back to a popular parlor game in the early 1900s. Marcel Proust filled it out twice. Some of our questions were altered from the original to gain more insight into the hearts and minds of our illustrators. We hope you enjoy this way of getting to know everybody.

1. Your present state of mind?

Kind of sleepy, actually.

2. What do you do best?

Draw expressive characters with odd noses.

3. Where would you like to live?

Near friends in a tiny house on the beach.

4. Your favorite color?

Lavender. And also gray.

5. Three of your own illustrations:

6. Your music?

I’m currently listening to the Charlie Brown Christmas album. It doesn’t even need to be Christmas to enjoy this thing, turns out.

7. Your biggest achievement?

My first picture book, because it opened a door to a lovely career and meeting my closest amazing soulmate friends.

8. Your biggest mistake?

Equating busyness with progress.

9. Your favorite children's book when you were a child?

Sneeches, by Dr. Seuss.

10. Your main character trait?

Playfulness. But in, like, a badass way.

11. What do you appreciate most in a friend?

A great, loud sense of humor and a knack for comfortable silences.

12. What mistakes are you most willing to forgive?

The ones for which you’re asked forgiveness.

13. Your favorite children's book hero?

Matilda. What a badass.
14. What moves you forward?

A willingness to fail big.

15. What holds you back?


16. Your dream of happiness?

Being present. Another version involves swimming in Lake Michigan with someone I love and also there’s pie.

17. The painter/illustrator you admire most?

Quentin Blake? That is a tough question. This could be a 400-person list.

18. What super power would you like to have?


19. Your motto?

We Are No Longer Impostors And We’re Good At What We Do

20. Your social media?

twitter: @briannefarley
instagram: @briannehfarley


  1. Haha, Brianne. You're funny! Welcome back to Michigan. We're so glad to have you. Congrats on your contracts (I can see why in your samples above) and best wishes for many more!

  2. This just made me smile big! Nina Goebel coordinated all of this, so I'm seeing it for the first time this morning and my face just lit up. I love the winter blog banner you created, and I love how your answers show us your personality, Brianne. A huge thanks to you and Nina!

  3. Thanks, Carrie and Kristin! I had a great time making this illustration. It's so easy to draw what you love and I sure love Michigan, even in the winter!

  4. Welcome home Brianne! We have an amazing group here and are looking forward to pulling you in. Lovely work.
    Leslie Helakoski

  5. Nice to meet you, Brianne, and welcome back to Michigan! I love your Mitten banner, what a beautiful and fun depiction of a Michigan winter!

  6. Brianne, love your art. Thanks for this insight into your work and thoughts. Perfect Mich. winter scene!